7 episodes

A podcast that explores the human side of IT, uncovering the benefits of shifting away from tired thinking and decoding misconceptions to prove to the world that we understand people are the priority. We touch on a wide range of topics with prominent industry figures, redefining the new IT value proposition for business, decoding misconceptions for the audience.

Katrina Talks Humanising IT Katrina Macdermid

    • Technology
    • 4.7 • 3 Ratings

A podcast that explores the human side of IT, uncovering the benefits of shifting away from tired thinking and decoding misconceptions to prove to the world that we understand people are the priority. We touch on a wide range of topics with prominent industry figures, redefining the new IT value proposition for business, decoding misconceptions for the audience.

    The connection to the T-Bar and Marco Bill Peter

    The connection to the T-Bar and Marco Bill Peter

    Think about the focus needed to get on that fast-moving T-Bar under the butts of skiers ranging from clumsy amateurs to world class skiers – that laser focus on the customer is exactly what Marco Bill Peter Senior Vice President - Customer Experience and Operations at Red Hat demonstrates in Episode 1 of Katrina Talks Humanising IT podcast
    This episode showcases the human dimension of all of us who “work in IT”, to promote and elevate the critical role played by IT.
    Marco shares with us the importance of customer experience and we learn about his passion for his people, his products and his company.
    Red Hat operates in an open code environment - customers can use without paying, so without that absolute focus on customer experience, there is no Red Hat.
     
    Key Insights
     
    Even when it seems the right outcome for the customer is contra to company policy, proceed anyway. It is possible the policy is wrong or just misunderstood. This was exactly the situation in an example given by Marco when the response (from the policy architect) “What you did is what we want. We want to tinker and learn”. This was the right thing and turned Red Hat from a ‘Start Up’ to an Enterprise Company.
     
    One of the questions during the interview was “What is your dream job?”  Marco didn’t respond with a somewhat typical response; travel the world, live on a deserted island, chocolate tester etc.   Marco’s dream job was to be a T-Bar operator for a ski season (he loves the snow).  Marco could have responded very differently based on his love of snow; design chair lifts or even be a tester for snowboards. 
    Marco’s dream job is to help and support people so they can have a great experience.  To me, that is a trait of a true leader.

    • 41 min
    David Ratcliffe |Co-Founder and President of Pink Elephant

    David Ratcliffe |Co-Founder and President of Pink Elephant

    If you think that the world of IT service management is something that is not easy to explain, then you would resonate with our guest in this podcast. In this episode, we speak to our special guest, David Ratcliffe, co-founder and president of Pink Elephant.
    David shares some wonderful stories about his father, how he started his career in the IT industry, the highs and lows of his journey that led him to co-found Pink Elephant, and also what he thinks customer experience really is in the world of IT service management.
    To find out more about David Ratcliffe, please use the link below:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/pinkerdavid/>
    https://www.pinkelephant.com/en-us/>

    • 37 min
    Professor Michael Buist

    Professor Michael Buist

    Do you know that 10% of people entering hospital can expect to suffer an adverse event? And of those, another 10% would die or experience a serious disability.
    In this episode, we speak to Professor Michael Buist, an intensive care specialist, who has emerged as a world leader in the push to improve patient care with a range of thought provoking ideas to, not only address the issue of human error but the culture that exists in the healthcare industry with the use of technology.
     
    To find out more about Professor Michael Buist, please use the link below:

    • 34 min
    12 Program Transformations Walkaway Moments (or 12 Face Palm moments)

    12 Program Transformations Walkaway Moments (or 12 Face Palm moments)

    In this podcast, we have 2 special guests:  Barry Anderson:   Transformation Strategist and Expert & Chris Barrett: Transformation Specialist, Board Advisor & Educationalist.
    With Barry & Chris, we explore the challenges of running Transformations and further discuss why we simply just don't walk away when presented with not so uncommon scenarios, or as we have called them “Moments”.
    In this first episode we focus on the Top 3 Moments:
     
    1.I don’t understand what value a PMO adds, can’t the project managers deliver this without admin assistance?
     
    2. We’ll use our [operational] people to deliver this project (who inevitably have operational day jobs too).
     
    3. We need to do the same with less.  So we have the same programme scope and timescale that we agreed, but the budget is 20% less.
     
    Chris & Barry both global and respected Transformational  leaders, not only wanted to share their experience and knowledge from their stellar and successful careers.  More importantly, they wanted to provide guidance and caution to professionals of accepting situations (or moments) that are doomed for failure; ultimately impacting their confidence and very often their professional reputation.
     
    Walk away!
     
    A must listen.

    • 30 min
    Introducing Katrina Talks Humanising IT

    Introducing Katrina Talks Humanising IT

    Welcome to Katrina Talks Humanising IT, a podcast that promotes the critical role Informational Technology plays in our world today.
    A shout-out to all IT professionals and specialists from all walks of life: Your journey to becoming an effective IT professional with better understanding of your clients begins right here.
    Together, we bring you episodes of exclusive interviews with IT leaders behind some of the largest and reputable organisations. We have them share their inspirational leadership stories and winding pathways to their professional success.
    Stay tuned for more fascinating insights on IT leadership, customer service, and top insider knowledge that you won’t find anywhere else but here in this podcast.

    • 2 min
    Superintendent Martin Hayston, Director, Client Services and Engagement for the NSW Police Force

    Superintendent Martin Hayston, Director, Client Services and Engagement for the NSW Police Force

    How did a police officer end up being in charge of an IT organisation?
    In this episode we speak to Superintendent Martin Hayston, Director, Client Services and Engagement for the NSW Police Force.
     We learn not only about how IT has transformed policing from fingerprinting to writing parking tickets; we also hear amazing insights about Superintended Hayston professional & personal thoughts to policing.
     Without a doubt, this would have to be one of the most intriguing interviews we have conducted.

    • 38 min

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Bringing understanding to IT & the right customer experience

Informative & yet casual at the same time. Well done.

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